Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development

The 62nd Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development is scheduled to be held Oct 13-14 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville.

Team Tennessee

Team Tennessee (photo – tnecd.com)

The conference theme this year is “Team Tennessee” and will focus on showcasing how the state’s workforce, education and transportation systems are aligning to support the overall Tennessee economic development mission.

More than 800 economic development leaders, state and local elected officials, and business professionals are expected to attend the two-day conference.

The conference agenda includes four session blocks offering a total of 12 educational sessions on topics ranging from rural development, workforce and education to entrepreneurism, branding and more.

The first session block includes three concurrent sessions on Economic Development 101, driving private sector interest in education, and the impact of tourism. The second session block features concurrent sessions on main street vitality, rural health, and “Taking the Big LEAP: Case Studies and Success Stories.”

The third session block features concurrent sessions on approaches for supporting rural entrepreneurs, a discussion of Project Thunder (Cirrus Aircraft), and a session on “Select Tennessee & PEP 2.0.” The fourth session block will feature a session on the new tax credit landscape, another one about branding your site, and a third session to introduce the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.

The three plenary sessions on the agenda which will explore issues involving economic development alignment, the state of transportation in Tennessee and the power of education will be led by TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and TN Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, respectively.

TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd said in a release that “This year’s conference will give attendees an opportunity to hear from several of my fellow cabinet members in addition to a number of other exceptional speakers, and I’m hopeful that our stakeholders will leave with new, creative ideas to share with their communities.”

Business author Joe Calloway will be the keynote speaker for the Commissioner’s Luncheon. Calloway is the author of “Be the Best at What Matters Most” and five other ground-breaking business books, and is also a consultant and speaker with a client list that includes companies such as Coca Cola, IBM, Cadillac and American Express.

What: TN Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development (govcon.tnecd.com)

When: Oct 13-14, 2015

Where: Renaissance Hotel, Nashville, TN

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